As a very young child, classical composer Ludwig Van Beethoven suffered horrendous beatings at the hand of his alcoholic father. A failed singer himself, he would put his son through a regime of intense ‘training’, in a bid to force him to become the next Amadeus.


If he made the slightest mistake, the youngster would be flogged and locked in a darkened room for hours on end. He was also frequently deprived of sleep and forced to carry on playing. The daily reign of terror is, in some corners, believed to have been the source of his later deafness.


Beethoven, whose compositions are now used to help stimulate brain power, especially in unborn children and babies, is also believed to have suffered from dyslexia and dyscalculia. He withdrew from school at the age of 10, two years later he would publish his first composition.